Take Control of Your Ulcerative Colitis

14 Foods to Avoid If You Have Ulcerative Colitis

Specific foods or eating habits don't cause ulcerative colitis, but they can make it worse. Here are some common foods that can exacerbate ulcerative colitis symptoms.

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Legumes and beans are high in fiber and can cause gas, so they're not an ideal food for someone having an ulcerative colitis flare.

"But they're still an important staple in many diets, especially for vegetarians and vegans," says Julie Cepo, a registered dietitian and coauthor of the Crohn's & Colitis Diet Guide.

Try different preparations and smaller portions, says Cepo. For example, rinsing canned beans well, or removing the outer coating of chickpeas, or pureeing them into hummus can make these foods more easily tolerated.

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